Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, Custodian of the land Minjerribah, Peace Prosperity and Healing, Sacred Treaty Circles

Brisbane Catholic Archbishop accused of racial discrimination

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, Church, indigenous, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality, treaty by John T. on February 27, 2009

The “Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, Custodian of the land Minjerribah, Peace Prosperity and Healing, Sacred Treaty Circles” has lodged a complaint with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission againstBrisbane Catholic Archbishop John Bathersby, the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and their lawyers, alleging discrimination against Aboriginal people.

The Oodgeroo Treaty Circles have complained that the Archbishop has discriminated against Aboriginal people by refusing to acknowledge the validity of a treaty between Father Peter Kennedy on behalf of the St. Mary’s South Brisbane parish and Bejam Denis Walker on behalf of the Noonuccal and other Aboriginal people.

The law firm Thynne and Macartney, acting on behalf of the Archbishop and the Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, have written to Bejam Denis Walker and described the St. Mary’s treaty as having no legal effect or validity and stated that the Archbishop will not enter into any discussions or negotiations as to the implications of the treaty.

A spokesperson for the Oodgeroo Treaty Circles, John Tracey, said…….

The St. Mary’s Treaty was signed during a well-attended mass with the congregation of St. Mary’s and members of the local Aboriginal community witnessing it. The treaty was celebrated in coroborree in accordance with Aboriginal customary law and written on paper in accordance with non-Aboriginal law. It is real.”

“The Archbishop has appointed Ian Callinan to mediate between himself and St. Mary’s. When Ian Callinan was a high court judge he had to be forced off the Hindmarsh Island case because of his bias against Aboriginal claims of rights and interests. The Archbishop’s choice of mediator is an example of the contempt of Aboriginal law, culture and rights that he appears to hold. His blanket refusal to discuss the treaty is another.”

“The Oodgeroo Treaty Circles are asking the Archbishop and the Brisbane Archdiocese to confirm and support the St. Mary’s treaty which involves innovative Aboriginal welfare and social justice programs such as dry camps, a cultural heritage education program and the facilitation of Aboriginal men’s, women’s and elders business. The treaty process provides non-Aboriginal Australians a direct relationship with Aboriginal culture and programs. This path of healing is being obstructed by the Archbishop’s refusal to even acknowledge Aboriginal rights and interests, let alone work pro-actively with them.”

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An open letter to Peter Kennedy and the congregation of St. Mary’s South Brisbane

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, Church, history, indigenous, invasion, Oodgeroo, reconciliation, sovereignty, treaty by John T. on February 15, 2009

from Sean (a.k.a. John Tracey) of the Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, Custodian of the land Minjerribah, Peace Prosperity and Healing, Sacred Treaty Circles.

For those who do not know me, I am a long term resident of West End and have been a treaty member since 1989.

This letter has been written in consultation with the elder of the Oodgeroo Sacred Circles, Bejam Denis Walker who has asked me to publish my considerations, however it represents the opinion of myself only and for which I take full responsibility.

I am concerned to have read in the media that Peter Kennedy has described the assertion of Aboriginal sovereignty as a matter of symbolism. (more…)

Anniversary of the apology at Musgrave Park

Posted in Aboriginal, history, indigenous, reconciliation by John T. on February 11, 2009

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Fire is an intrinsic feature of the Australian bush

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, ecology, history, indigenous by John T. on February 10, 2009

by Germaine Greer

from Times Online

“For 40 or maybe 60 millennia, Aboriginal peoples managed fire proactively, setting alight woodland, scrubland and grassland, so that they could pass freely, so that game was driven towards them, so that fresh green herbage was available. Aboriginal languages have dozens of words for fire. As the Endeavour sailed up the eastern coast, Captain Cook noted that the skies were darkened with smoke by day and lit up by fire at night.”

“The cause of these disasters is not global warming; still less is it arson. It is the failure to recognise that fire is an intrinsic feature of eucalypt bushland. It cannot be prevented but it can and should be managed.”
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Terrra Nullius and Ecology

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, history, indigenous, invasion, Terra Nullius by John T. on February 10, 2009

by John Tracey

“Yet the form of bush that is protected in the national parks of today, places without the human species, are a phenomenon of the last hundred years, younger than many Australian urban centres. The removal of human beings from the bush in the last two hundred years has turned our wilderness areas into overgrown untended gardens.”
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The Roman Catholic Church – Common Law Notice of want of jurisdiction

COMMON LAW

NOTICE OF WANT OF JURISDICTION

COMPLAINANT:

Dennis Bruce Walker
XXXXXXXXXXXXX
BRISBANE QLD 4101

RESPONDENT
Archbishop John Bathersby,
The Archbishop of Brisbane,
Archbishop’s House,
790 Brunswick St.,
(P.O. Box 936)
New Farm Qld 4005

(in the right of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia)
and
( in the right of Her purported Royal Highness
“Queen Elizabeth II of Australia”
Buckingham Palace
London, ENGLAND SW1A 1AA)

In respect of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia (its archdioceses, dioceses, and parishes) having any jurisdiction, whatsoever, in the Indigenous nations/lands of the continent known as ‘Australia’ , the Complainant states that:
Unless there is an acknowledgement of Indigenous peoples’ Sovereignty, and a real commitment to redress the illegal nature of the occupation of our Indigenous lands, by way of TREATY, the Roman Catholic Church, and indeed the State and Federal governments and all establishments that uphold and sustain the Roman Catholic Church in Australia, are operating in our Indigenous lands, illegally, and have no jurisdiction to make any decisions regarding the use of our lands/law/culture. (more…)

“Invader Captain Cook” by Angus Rabbit

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, genocide, history, indigenous, invasion, music, sovereignty by John T. on January 27, 2009

Angus Rabbit is a Cherbourg Murri elder based in Brisbane. He is “The Man” of Queensland country music.

Why Terra Nullius? Anthropology and Property Law in Early Australia by Stuart Banner

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, genocide, history, indigenous, invasion, sovereignty, Terra Nullius, treaty by John T. on January 22, 2009

From Law and History Review

The British treated Australia as terra nullius—as unowned land. Under British colonial law, aboriginal Australians had no property rights in the land, and colonization accordingly vested ownership of the entire continent in the British government. The doctrine of terra nullius remained the law in Australia throughout the colonial period, and indeed right up to 1992. 1
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Alexis Wright remembers Oodgeroo Noonucal

Posted in Aboriginal, Art, Australia, history, indigenous, Oodgeroo, reconciliation, sovereignty, treaty by John T. on January 17, 2009

“A Weapon of Poetry”

From – Overland Magazine – a radical magazine of political, literary and cultural issues.

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria. In 2007 her most recent novel, Carpentaria, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award (Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction), Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Best Fiction Book) and the Australian Book Industry Award (Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year). A version of this paper was delivered as the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Lecture in August 2008.

Australians and readers across the world love Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal people for the contribution she made with a poetry that reflects her openness, compassion and participation in the struggle for the rights of Aboriginal people. Oodgeroo was a teacher and guide to thousands who visited her home Moongalba where she established the Noonuccal-Nughie Education and Cultural Centre. The huge legacy that Oodgeroo left us through her poetry and work as a political activist, educator and leader remains a beacon of pride and inspiration to Aboriginal people everywhere.

In the heart of Aboriginal consciousness – that place where our spirit is kept alive with memories, our constant source of light, hope for the future and defiance in troubled times – Oodgeroo Noonuccal is there. She is a legend, as familiar to us as looking up into the skies at night and seeing the light shining from those billions of stars in the Milky Way. Passing clouds only momentarily block that legacy, the Aboriginal sovereign thinking that shines through Oodgeroo’s work. She was a peoples’ storyteller of every campfire that we have ever sat beside, where all of the remembered stories, and all of the new stories, are told and retold.
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Fr. Peter Kennedy, Bejam Denis Walker and Sam Watson on the St. Mary’s treaty

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, Church, history, indigenous, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality, treaty by John T. on December 17, 2008

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Photo – Nunukul Kunjeil ceremony at the treaty signing service at St. Mary’s 30/11/08. Photo by Tony Robertson who has many more photos of the ceremony here

See also The Roman Catholic Church – Common Law Notice of want of jurisdiction

Fr. Peter Kennedy – But now with this treaty we feel there’s a oneness there now which has been signed and is incumbent upon us as a community to really embrace the Indigenous people.

Bejam Denis Walker – Well the treaty is a recognition of our sovereignty under God in country. Something that the Australian government hasn’t realised or recognised, and it fulfils law. Without it, I maintain, people are behaving unlawfully. Essentially it creates a oneness between the Indigenous peoples and the non-indigenous peoples.

Sam Watson – If the Catholic hierarchy could have been there on Sunday just to see the number of people who were there to share in the energy and the devotion of the moment, to feel the euphoria that swept through the entire congregation during the signing of the treaty, it was just incredible.

Transcript from ABC Radio National’s “Religion Report” 3/12/08
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